Cold Fusion -- its history and spurning, and its reality and future
Princeton graduate, Scott Chubb, who is doing cold fusion research,
discussed the 17-year history of cold fusion, where the field is at today, who
the key players are, and what solutions it might offer in the future.
is an editor for Infinite Energy Magazine, carrying forth the
work of the late Eugene
BURKE, VIRGINIA, USA -- On Saturday, Nov. 11, Sterling Allan held a live
interview with Scott Chubb, a cold fusion researcher, who also serves as an
editor for Infinite Energy Magazine, carrying forth the work of the late Eugene
Cold Fusion, also known as "low energy nuclear reactions," has been
one of the most spurned fields of science due to an embarrassing start.
But does it deserve the negative wrap it continues to receive in academia?
Chubb discuss briefly the 17-year history of cold fusion, where the field is at
today, who the key players are, and what solutions it might offer in the future.
He wrote the guest
editorial in the recent publication of New Energy Times, published
yesterday. The magazine, spearheaded by Steven Krivit, is considered to be
the leading journal on low energy nuclear reaction research.
Though cold fusion still gets the cold shoulder in academia in general, it is
not always so. There are some warm pockets within academia that continue
to foster unfettered science, regardless of the politics that hound
will review a recent presentation by Frank Gordon and Pamela Mosier-Boss of the
Space Naval Air Warfare Systems Center, San Diego, at the National Defense
Industrial Association conference, which was held July 31 to Aug. 3 in
Washington, D.C. The New Energy Times called it "Extraordinary
evidence." Chubb says that it is so startling that not only will
what they presented be remembered, but that it is sure to have a profound
The New Energy Times summarized it as "simple, portable, highly
repeatable, unambiguous, and permanent physical evidence of nuclear events using
detectors that have a long track record of reliability and acceptance among
Chubb applauds their persistence and courage to pursue this research despite the
personal sacrifices required and the jeopardy into which it put their academic
careers. "What is truly astonishing is that, because of their
persistence, not only have they developed and perfected a procedure for
initiating low energy nuclear reactions on demand, they also now have found
evidence that they can create a new condensed matter nuclear effect use of
external fields to trigger low level radioactivity on demand."
As a private citizen, Chubb also discussed his views regarding some present work
being done to implement cold fusion technology into commercially feasible
products, highlighting the work by Russ George of D2Fusion.
Chubb is a graduate of Princeton, as was his father, from whom he caught his
contagious interest in science in general and cold fusion in particular.
Chubb wrote Hidden Brooks of Knowledge and Strength, Evidence of High Energy
Particles in LENR Experiments, and Nature's Inaccurate Reporting of the Bubble
Fusion Controversy, published in the Sept/Oct issue of Infinite
Energy, which begins with a tribute to his father, just a couple of
weeks before his father, Charles E. Chubb, passed away. "It came from
the heart," he said. Krivit published an abbreviated version of that
piece as the guest editorial in yesterday's New Energy Times.
He did not hesitate to accept this invitation to do this interview, even though
it was extended just a few hours beforehand. Unfortunately, he happened to
be in the middle of a nap when the show started, and it seemed to take him a
while to get fully alert.
The highlight of the show came in the last five minutes when he made the comment
that Condensed Matter Nuclear Science (cold fusion) is potentially 2000 times
more cost-effective than fossil fuel systems, and with no emissions.
About Scott Chubb
Chubb was born on January 30, 1953 in Manhattan, N.Y. He received his B.A.
degree in physics from Princeton University in 1975 and his M.A. and Ph.D.
degrees, also in physics, from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony
Brook, in 1978 and 1982 respectively.
Chubb's interests are in condensed matter physics, many-body physics, precision
measurements of time, general and special relativity, electromagnetic
scattering, non-linear wave dynamics, statistical physics, nuclear physics, low
energy nuclear reactions in solids, remote sensing of the ocean from air- and
space- borne platforms, Ethics in Science, Laser-Cooled Atoms, and Atomic Bose
He has been an author of more than 60 refereed publications. He is also an
author of one patent for a device related to relativistic corrections in the
Global Positioning System (GPS). He has received a number of publication awards
from the Naval Research Laboratory, and he was cited by the American Geophysical
Union as one of the outstanding reviewers for its journal, J. Geophysical
Research, during 1999. He also served as guest editor of a special two issue
edition of the Taylor and Francis Ethics in Science journal, Accountability
in Research, dealing with the Cold Fusion controversy.
Chubb has been an employee of the Naval Research Laboratory for the last
seventeen years, beginning in 1989, during which time he has been intimately
involved with research in the Condensed Matter Nuclear Science (CMNS). In
this capacity, Chubb has monitored progress in the wider cold fusion field, and
he participated in a 10-year long work, sponsored by the Office of Naval
Research, that involved the Naval Research Laboratory, the Naval Air Warfare
Center, and the Space Warfare Systems Center, San Diego, which was the subject
of a feature
article that appeared in the March 29, 2003 issue of New Scientist
magazine. The effort took place between 1991 and 2001. The
participants in the effort, which involved the Space Warfare Systems Center, San
Diego (SWSCSD: SPAWAR), and the Naval Air Warfare Weapons Division (in China
Lake, CA), demonstrated that excess heat is being produced in Pons-Fleischmann-like
experiments. The Heat is the result of a nuclear reaction, at room
temperature, in which deuterons are converted to helium-4, through an unusual
process that does not create high energy particles.
More recently, scientists from SPAWAR (SWSCSD) have found a way to create high
energy particles, but at low levels. In 2002, SPAWAR, in collaboration
with NAWC, published a technical
report. (SWSCSD, TR 1862: Thermal and Nuclear Aspects of the Pd/D2O
System Vol.1: A Decade of Research at Navy Laboratories, [S. Szpak and P. A.
MosierBoss, eds., Space Warfare Systems Center, San Diego, CA, 92152-5001,
2002], 119 pp.).
Scott Chubb is married to Anne Pond. They have three children, Scott Jr. (age
14), Lauren and Kathleen (both age 10). (Ref.)
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